Ghost Girl Author:Torey Hayden Jadie never spoke. She never laughed, or cried, or uttered any sound. Despite efforts to reach her, Jadie remained locked in her own troubled world -- until one remarkable teacher persuaded her to break her self-imposed silence. Nothing in all of Torey Hayden's experience could have prepared her for the shock of what Jadie told her -- a stor... more »y too horrendous for Torey's professional colleagues to acknowledge. Yet a little girl was living in a nightmare, and Torey Hayden responded in the only way she knew how -- with courage, compassion, and dedication -- demonstrating once again the tremendous power of love and the resilience of the human spirit.« less
I started reading this one evening and couldn't put it down. Fortunately, DH was away, so I could stay up reeaally late! I hesitate to say more for fear of giving away things that Ms. Hayden, the girl's teacher and the author of the book, only found out as the girl's problem slowly revealed itself, but there are some clues near the beginning of the story. Only, who could believe that such things could be happening in a small town way out in the country?
This book was amazing!! i read it and it is quite depressing to see the story of what the little girl went through, and it was also very well written i would never have know it was true if not for the note, that fills in the few gaps that there were in the story, at the end of the book. all in all i would recomend this to anyone, unless they are not in for a book that would make them sad at the beginning.
Wonderful, poignant story of the relationship between a Special Education Teacher and her 8 year old pupil who is an elective mute. This story was tragic, but beautifully written....
A must read for anyone
This is a heatbreaking true story that I could not put down and read from cover to cover in one sitting. This is a story that will cause the worst nightmares about the sadistic abuse parents inflict on a child and the saving grace of a determined teacher.
While well-written and gripping, this book was very disturbing to me. As another reviewer said, the things in this book are not things I want in my mind. I have also read Just Another Kid and One Child and I loved them both, but the images of abuse and violence are almost beyond what I could handle. I did however, stay up really late reading this entire book because I wanted to find out what really happened to Jadie. Warning to sensitive readers --this book is very graphic and the images and content, while true events, are extremely disturbing.
Torey Hayden has had some heartbreaking experiences and this one has got to be near the top of her list. Poor little Jadie is so damaged from the horrific abuse she has endured that it expresses itself in physical ways. When Torey first meets this little girl, Jadie is an "elective mute" and maintains her body in a hunched-over position, as if protecting her very soul from further abuse. The details of the abuse, which are revealed very gradually as Jadie learns to trust Torey, will turn the stomachs of even the most hardened reader of non-fiction books.
Along the way of this sad tale, the reader is introduced to some other precious children who, despite troubles of their own, show an inspiring determination and spirit.
My only disappointment was that the ending is not as neatly tied-up as I would have liked (i.e., case proven and culprits jailed for life), but true-life is often untidy and Torey, herself, acknowledges that. A fascinating tale for those interested in these types of social/societal issues.
This was a fascinating story that I stayed up late to finish in one night.
When a Special Education teacher begins to see clues that Jadie, one of her students, might be the victim of possible ritualistic sexual abuse, she digs deeper and ultimately must come forward with her suspicions.